The 2017 Canadian International Autoshow Breaks Records
Posted on August 13, 2020
Few things get the team at Caledon Chrysler more excited than a good car show. As we mentioned last month, the Toronto area doesn't just get a good show every year, it gets the amazing Canadian International Auto Show! We were confident that the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show would be the best and most popular instalment of this annual automotive extravaganza ever, and we were not disappointed. Let's take a closer look at all the highlights from this year's show.
To put it mildly, the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show was packed. Over the 10-day run of the show, a record 339,590 people visited the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, to check out the $100 million worth of vehicles spread out over 650,000 square feet of convention space. To put it into perspective, this year's attendance beat the previous record from last year's event by nearly 20,000 attendees. That's roughly two days worth of attendance so, you can image that it was busy. For Jason Campbell, the GM of the Canadian International AutoShow, the success was in part because the organisers, "…worked hard to create a show that not only showcases the latest vehicles and trends in the industry but also celebrates what we call a Total Automotive Experience."
Kudos for FCA
While there as plenty of competition from the vast array of new and classic cars on display, the FCA vehicles we offer at Caledon Chrysler, did a great job impressing some of the biggest names in the automotive press. Matt Bubbers, who writes about cars for the Globe and Mail, picked out his five most interesting cars to see at the show, and we were pleased to that he included one of our favourites, the 2017 Jeep Compass. The experts over at Auto123.com got into the act by including the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT in its Toronto 2017: 10 of the best new SUVs on display list.
While it is great that the press loved the show and FCA's offerings, we also wanted to share our favourites from the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show. The tech-heads at Caledon Chrysler were happy to see that our friends at Chrysler did a great job playing up the benefits of the innovative Uconnect system, which can be found on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Perhaps the most exciting part of the show was watching Justin Blemur of North York win a $113,000 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This fantastic FCA muscle car was awarded during the Prostate Cancer Canada Rock the Road Raffle and was donated by one of our favourite organisations, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association.
When you combine the record-breaking attendance and all the exciting, entertaining, and educational events, the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow, everyone at Caledon Chrysler think it was an astounding success. If you missed out this year, don't worry, the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow will run from February 16-25 and should be an even bigger blast.